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2020 Summer Internships Abroad

Think about what a summer break means to you, is it a time to relax and wait for opportunities to come your way, or is it a time to take action, find your passion and go out and experience it?

These are questions many interns have asked themselves before you, with the majority arriving at the conclusion that they can’t let this summer internship abroad opportunity pass them by.

If you’re new to the ins and outs of a summer internship abroad, we’ve compiled a helpful guide to inform you on the opportunities that await. If you’re experienced in interning abroad, then feel free to jump to the most relevant section to you:

Contents

  1. Why take a summer internship abroad
  2. How you can make it happen
  3. Where you can go
  4. What you can do
  5. Professional development focus
  6. FAQ

Why take a summer internship abroad?

If you’re a college student, you’re probably already thinking about how you can make this your best summer break yet. The beautiful thing about an internship abroad is that it allows you to make epic travel memories, whilst enhancing your career prospects.

International internships allow you to explore your field of interest and gain real world experience. They can help to define your study and career ambitions, plus enhance your resume. International experience is a key asset in a job market where most employers seek those with global perspective and cultural intelligence. Internships abroad provide an amazing platform to see the world and build new friendships around the globe. What’s not to love?

Interns that have taken summers abroad consistently tell us they have seen the following changes:

  • Increased confidence (both personally and professionally)
  • Further skills and knowledge in their field of study
  • Enhanced global perspective
  • Lifelong friendships
  • New cultural appreciation

Having the ability to utilize your extended study break to increase your personal experience and boost your career prospects is a match made in heaven. If you still need information on how our internships work, or need a little more convincing why you should intern abroad. Deep dive into those helpful resources!

How you can make it happen

Anything worth doing in life takes time and effort. At first, making plans to intern abroad can come across as daunting, especially if you have never been abroad before. Working with IAHQ’s expert team, you’ll soon realize it isn’t as daunting as you first thought and you are supported throughout the entire process.

So, you might be left asking yourself, what do I need to organize in order to make a summer internship possible? Let’s work through your must do list:

  • Set your expectations and budget

Before you pack your bags and order that uber to the airport, you first need to ask yourself what you want from this experience. We recommend talking to friends and family members for ideas and input on what opportunity is right for you; are you solely seeking an internship that progresses your career, or are you seeking an experience that provides hands-on experience and an enriching cultural experience? All things are possible with a summer internship abroad, but setting these expectations early will help you decide on the right opportunity for you.

When it comes to budgeting, IAHQ offers the most affordable internship opportunities on the market, leaving you with those extra dollars you need to enjoy the fine cuisine and attractions of your new temporary home. If you have a set budget, check out our fees page to align yourself with the best destination option. If you’re still not sure what you need to include in your budget, stick with us and we’ll outline all the details you need to consider.

  • Select your internship

It sounds straightforward, but this can often be the trickiest part. Luckily, you took our first piece of advice and you know exactly what you’re after. If you still need help matching your skills to the right internship talk with our expert team.

Once you’ve selected your ideal internship field and destination, the decision will help with determining your budgeting and travel planning. There are two aspects to developing a budget that you need to consider - fees that relate to the arrangement of your internship placement and then the budgeting which relates to in-country expenses. Here’s what selecting your internship sets you up for:

Internship placement:

  • Support from your IAHQ expert to find you the correct internship based on your skills and experience.
  • Convenient access to flexible humanitarian flights booking
  • Secure accommodation abroad. Arranged in conjunction with your internship placement

Costs:

  • Registration fee (US$299 per internship program)
  • Program fee (varies per destination and duration starting from US$545)
  • Flights (these vary based on the dates you travel and your chosen destination)
  • Insurance (starting from US$70)
  • In-country expenses (depending on your destination we recommend a budget of US$100 per week at the minimum). You may budget extra for add ons such as tourism excursions or even language lessons.

As you can see, selecting your internship destination and duration enables you to review your overall costs. The most important thing is, no matter your budget, you will still receive the same tailored support from your IAHQ expert.

  • Work with your university

Depending on your motivations and situation for taking an internship abroad, it may be possible to work with IAHQ and your university to receive course credit and even financial support. We’ve collaborated with a number of universities over the years, including San Diego State University, Costal Carolina University, Northeastern University and Southern Utah University, so we are experts in helping students to facilitate course credit and explore funding support which may be available through various academic institutions.

  • Preparation is in the eye of the beholder

When it comes to getting abroad, your schedule is important. That’s why we offer flexible start dates and short/long term durations, which enable you to plan your internship during a period which is convenient for you. We recommend that you begin planning in advance for your internship, so that you have ample time to research your internship destination before you get there, book affordable flights, and consider the tourism excursions you might like to schedule during your free time.. If you know you have a lot of fundraising or saving to do, this would also be a lot easier to do with more time up your sleeve.

At the end of the day, we understand everyone’s situation is different. We’ve built a team that accommodates to most preferences in order to make your international internship dreams a reality. If you have an idea, just run it by us and we can chat through some options which may be a fantastic fit for you.

Where you can go

Intern Abroad HQ specializes in affordable summer internship programs in some of the best destinations around the world. Depending on your desired internship field, we offer flexible internship programs in the following destinations:

Summer Internships in Africa 2020

Summer Internships in Asia 2020

Summer Internships in Europe 2020

Summer Internships in Central America 2020

Summer Internships in South America 2020

Within each destination you can apply for your chosen field and our internship experts will work with you on your suited placement once your registration fee has been paid.

What you can do

  • Animal Care Internships
  • Business and Economics Internships
  • Education and Childcare Internships
  • Engineering and Design Internships
  • Environment and Conservation Internships
  • Healthcare and Special Needs Internships
  • Law and Human Rights Internships
  • Marketing and Communications Internships
  • South Africa Environmental Internships
  • Tourism and Hospitality Internships

If you’re looking for summer internships for college or high school students, we’ve also listed the best field of study that matches the summer internship abroad.

Animal Care Internships Summer 2020

Summer Animal Care Internships Abroad

For the animal lovers amongst us, you will love these internships that are committed to the care and preservation of critters, big and small.

The internship possibilities within this field have a broad scope, so whether you’re wanting something hands on (such as assisting with basic care) or more conservation oriented (such as being available to help in the event any marine species are injured or stranded), we can help point you in the right direction.

If you’re ready to spend your college break with “man’s best friend”, you may find yourself assisting with basic care activities, while also shadowing veterinarian professionals. Animal Care interns may additionally be involved in campaigns which create awareness and solicit fundraising support, to allow the ongoing work of local organizations.

Available in:

Most affordable:

  • Peru from US$545

2 or 4 week introductory options:

  • Costa Rica
  • Peru

Ideal for those studying:

  • Biological Science
  • Animal Behavior
  • Veterinary Medicine / Nursing
  • Environmental Science

Business Internships Summer 2020

Summer Business Internships Abroad

Internships related to business and economics cover a wide range of placement opportunities, which can help you to gain practical skills in your chosen field. If you’re ready to learn what makes business operations tick, your next summer break is the perfect opportunity to build your international network and gain real-world experience.

Our placements in these fields are some of our most flexible with minimum durations beginning at just 2 weeks. Whether you’re passionate about NGO work, startup enterprises, or more large scale ventures, it’s never too late to get your get your foot in the door!

Business and Economics internships include placement opportunities within more specific avenues related to, microfinance, women’s empowerment, journalism, event management, sales and trade, marketing communications, real estate, and more.

Interns are placed within their chosen field according to an analysis of their specific skills and experiences. Business internships promote collaboration, creative thinking and adaptability, as daily activities are often subject to client requests and business priorities that can change depending on the time of year and other seasonal influences of the various industries.

Available in:

Most affordable:

  • Cape Town, South Africa from US$920

2 week introductory options:

  • Ireland
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Zanzibar

Ideal for those studying:

  • Business Management / Administration
  • Accounting and Finance / Economics
  • Commerce
  • International Relations
  • Communications
  • Information Technology / Computer Science
  • Marketing
  • Business Law
  • Human Resources

Education and Childcare Internships Summer 2020

Summer Education Internships Abroad

If you are looking to make a real difference this summer, then consider an Education and Childcare internship. Working to provide basic learning opportunities can be extremely rewarding, while also giving you the opportunity to gain insight into another country’s education system.

Intern Abroad HQ offers a wide range of programs in these fields, from Cape Town to Latin America. These internships are an ideal fit for education and teaching majors looking to build a career at home or abroad.

An example of a day as an Education and Childcare Intern could include being placed at a private school in Valencia, Spain. These schools offer a bilingual curriculum that allows interns who are not yet fluent in Spanish to teach and assist local staff with a wide range of subjects and curriculum.

You may be involved in activities such as one-on-one reading, oral presentations, both individual and group work support. You may also provide classroom assistance on the subjects of cooking, art and sports, while additionally providing extra tutoring to students requiring extra forms of supervision and classroom support.

Available in:

Most affordable:

  • Peru from US$815

2 week introductory options:

  • Costa Rica
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Zanzibar

Ideal for those studying:

  • Education
  • Education Psychology
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Special Education
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Physical Education

Engineering and Design Internships Summer 2020

Summer Engineering Internships Abroad

As technology evolves, so too do the demands to keep up with industry trends. And what better way to do that than by gaining relevant engineering experience within the field. There has never been a more exciting time to be in the engineering field and engineering internships are in top demand. By gaining valuable experience abroad this summer, you can learn what inspires you most and how to propel your passions into a thriving and prosperous career.

An example of a day as an engineering intern could include working at a digital manufacturing placement. Interns would spend their time in labs that are outfitted with specific software and manufacturing equipment, where concepts are transformed into tangible materials.

Tasks may include elaborating plans, impressions of pieces in 3D, assembly of different components, problem solving, while also maintaining the general cleanliness of the lab itself.

Available in:

Most affordable:

  • Bali from US$1288

2 week introductory options:

  • Spain

Ideal for those studying:

  • Engineering (civil, chemical, computer, industrial, environmental, electrical, mechanical)
  • Engineering Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Information Technology / Computer Science

Environmental and Conservation Internships Summer 2020

Summer Environmental Internships Abroad

If spending your summer outdoors and staying active sounds like you, then you should be considering an Environment and Conservation internship. Whether you want relevant fieldwork and survey experience, a chance to utilize GIS technologies for real-world applications, or simply to give back to nature.

Intern Abroad HQ internships will let you get your hands dirty while boosting your practical skills in some of the world’s most beautiful environments. A summer spent exploring diverse ecosystems and learning from professionals in the field sounds like a summer well spent!

“My roles as an Environmental Conservation intern in Costa Rica included learning the biological composition of the reserve, maintaining trails, setting up cameras to monitor the activity/health of wildlife, organizing the videos caught by these cameras, setting up butterfly traps to document species, mounting insects, maintaining hummingbird feeders, taking photographs of flora and fauna, planting trees, and working with a GPS. The most important long-term benefit of my internship, I believe, was the creation of another advocate (me) to promote and create awareness around the ultimate goals of the organization for sustainable eco-tourism and the conservation/protection of species and their natural habitats. During the internship, I gained a better understanding of the problems faced in Costa Rica in terms of environmental policy. I have learned about general disagreements regarding national parks established around volcanoes, and how too much or too little activity may affect eco-tourism. I have also learned about policy/legal predicaments concerning illegal hunting in protected areas, as well as issues concerning climate change.” Nikki Maruya - (Intern Abroad HQ intern in Costa Rica).

Available in:

Most affordable:

  • Costa Rica from US$908

2 week options:

  • Costa Rica
  • South Africa

Ideal for those studying:

  • Environmental Sciences / Studies
  • Environmental Law / Policy
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Resource Management / Environmental Planning
  • Geography
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Systems Ecology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Veterinary Medicine

Healthcare and Special Needs Internships Summer 2020

Summer Healthcare Internships Abroad

With so many professions falling under the umbrella of Healthcare and Special Needs, Intern Abroad HQ provides you the flexibility to gain experience within the field that you aspire to be a part of. This summer, take the opportunity to learn how communities around the world provide care and facilitate wellbeing.

Depending on your destination selection, you can expect placements to be within local hospitals and clinics. Accommodation is nearby and you will be travelling around the city like a local in no time.

“Considering my long-term goal is to become a PA, this internship provided me with some entry-level medical experience. Although it was in a different country, it was valuable to see how medicine is practiced differently between two countries (U.S and Peru). Learning how to evaluate patients, do physicals, check ups, vitals, vaccinations and teach patients how to improve their health, I believe is a valuable step forward to my long-term goal. I used my skills that I had learned from back home to help with medical treatments and diagnosis. This knowledge provided me the ability to help the medical staff, however there were many times that I had to learn different ways of how to do things based on the Peruvian medical system. Every time something was performed by the medical staff I carefully observed and sometimes would note that things were done differently in the U.S and they were interested to know how.” Anjeza Hoxhallari - (Intern Abroad HQ intern in Cusco, Peru).

Available in:

Most affordable:

  • Tanzania from US$610

2 week options:

  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • Zanzibar

Ideal for those studying:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Podiatry
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Public Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Disability Care / Special Needs Care
  • Biological / Health Sciences

Law and Human Rights Internships Summer 2020

Summer Law Internships Abroad

If you’ve been studying law or political science and are keen to see how the career comes to life outside of the classroom, then practical experience can help to inform your future career ambitions and refine areas of the field that you’re most passionate about.

With internship opportunities available in specialized areas, such as environmental law and human rights, the experience working among professionals can set yourself (and your resume) apart.

An example of an experience as a Law & Human Rights intern in Cape Town, South Africa, may include engaging in paralegal work, most notably assisting refugees and asylum seekers with their appeal processes (i.e. drafting letters, offering legal advice, assisting in the promotion of human rights etc). Interns may spend time familiarizing themselves with relevant documentation and laws, while gaining greater insight into the problems faced by refugees within the region. Come prepared to embrace a new culture, work within a team, and build connections with local communities. Interns are encouraged to always look to learn more about themselves throughout the internship program.

Available in:

Most affordable:

  • South Africa from US$1100

3 week introductory option:

  • South Africa

Ideal for those studying:

  • Legal Studies
  • Political Science
  • International Development / Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Environmental Law / Environmental Management
  • Human Rights

Marketing and Communications Internships Summer 2020

Summer Marketing Internships Abroad

Marketing and Communications is a rapidly growing international field, where experience counts! Build your professional portfolio, gain new contacts and friends from around the world, and have fun exploring your creativity.

From graphic designers and photographers, to writers, brand managers and social media whizzes, Marketing and Communications internships offer diverse placement opportunities that are suitable for people with a wide range of talents.

Placements may include startups, NGOs, small and large companies within the private sector, and more. Get a head start on building your competitive edge through a proactive summer internship that will put your imagination and talent into practice.

“I came to intern in Greece to specialize in Photography and to boost my portfolio with wildlife and nature images, but I ended up doing so much more than that. I got to document all the amazing surveys other people were doing which helped me learn more about conservation. I photographed dissections going on in the lab, which has definitely been a new experience for me. I edited a video for the conservation institute and I helped to improve their website and reorganize their image library. I felt like I was really making a difference and getting experience in my field which was the whole point of the internship. I’m very grateful that Intern Abroad HQ are making these internships affordable and helped me get the experience I needed. I would definitely consider this organization if I were to do some other internship in the future.” Hedvika Michnova - (Intern Abroad HQ intern in Greece).

Available in:

Most affordable:

  • South Africa from US$920

2 week introductory options:

  • Ireland
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Zanzibar

Ideal for those studying:

  • Arts / Fine Arts
  • Media
  • Design
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Commerce
  • Business Management / Administration
  • International Development / Relations
  • Information Technology / Computer Science
  • Human Resources
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics

South Africa Environmental Internships Summer 2020

Summer South Africa Environmental Internships Abroad

Calling all adventurous spirits who are searching for a summer break internship that will combine professional development with the thrill of an African safari. All you need to participate is a positive work ethic, passion for conservation, and the readiness to get stuck in and make a real difference. Sound like you?

The opportunity to witness some of the world’s most diverse wildlife in their natural habitats, while contributing to protect their future, is for many, a dream come true. Options are split between marine and terrestrial conservation priorities, so whether you’re a budding scuba diver or wanting to stay on dry land, Intern Abroad HQ has the right summer internship for you. If you’re looking for more help to narrow down the best environmental conservation internship in South Africa, see our online guide which addresses the top questions.

For more insight, you can learn what to expect on an environmental internship in Dinokeng, South Africa. Dinokeng Game Reserve, located 45 kilometres north of Pretoria, is home to lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant, cheetah and antelope, as well as other precious species such as cheetah, spotted hyena, caracal, and jackal.

Interns aid in the collection of data that keeps the reserve running on a long-term basis. Activities include daily game drives to observe the animals and the state of the reserve. Interns gain knowledge on bush ecology, animal behavior, navigation, and GPS / GIS techniques. These skills enable interns to assist with game transects, bird point counts, roadkill surveys, camera traps, and fence patrols. The research offers progressive insight into this pioneering reserve location and directly informs ecological management decisions.

“My time spent abroad on my placement in Dinokeng, South Africa was one of the most rewarding experiences I could have asked for. Everyone is kind and welcoming getting there, and all your questions beforehand will quickly be answered by Intern Abroad. Highly recommend, I will cherish my time from this summer forever.” Sophie Gartenstein - (Intern Abroad HQ intern in South Africa).

Available in:

Most affordable:

  • Dinokeng Game Reserve from US$930

2 week introductory options:

  • Dinokeng Game Reserve
  • Sodwana Bay Marine National Park
  • Balule Game Reserve - Kruger National Park

Ideal for those studying:

  • Environmental Sciences / Studies
  • Environmental Law / Policy
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Resource Management / Environmental Planning
  • Geography
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Systems Ecology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Veterinary Medicine

Tourism and Hospitality Internships Summer 2020

Summer Tourism Internships Abroad

There is no better way to reach your career goals in the Tourism and Hospitality industry than to combine it with a meaningful experience abroad. With flexible options to gain international professional opportunities, such as the 2-week Tourism Operations internship in Dublin, Ireland, there are internships available for every schedule. Placements are available year-round within Guatemala, Ireland, Peru and South Africa.

An example of an experience as a Tourism & Hospitality intern in Guatemala or Cusco, Peru, may include activities related to organization (i.e. tours, social activities), improving marketing and sales plans, reservations, website development and maintenance, SEO, social media activity, relationship building, and assisting with direct sales to clients. When you’re not working on your internship during the week, you’ll have the weekends to enjoy the stunning cultural, culinary and tourism attractions that the location has to offer!

Available in:

Most affordable:

  • Guatemala from US$1070

2 week options:

  • Ireland

Ideal for those studying:

  • Tourism Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Media / Communications
  • Marketing
  • Commerce
  • Business Management / Administration
  • International Development / Relations
  • Information Technology / Computer Science
  • Human Resources

Professional development focus

An international internship is supposed to challenge you, elevate your learning, enhance cultural awareness and facilitate the development of practical knowledge within your field. This experience is not complete without understanding your own goals, having intended learning objectives, and being able to critically reflect on your journey and it’s outcomes.

Intern Abroad HQ supports this essential process by providing an experiential learning curriculum, with weekly tasks for interns to complete during their time abroad. The tasks are linked to universally transferable employability skills, such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, resilience and more.

These exercises add an extra layer of support during the internship abroad and provide the opportunity for you to articulate your most significant learnings. Upon completion of your internship, your reflection work acts as a great segway to sprucing up your resume, being able to ace your job interview, and having the potential to stand out from the crowd.

What are available dates and payment deadlines?

Most internship destinations have start dates every week. Others may have start dates at least twice a month. Internships are available year-round, so you can choose the start date and destination that works best for your schedule. All participants are encouraged to plan in advance, so that you allow yourself ample time to secure your spot and make international travel arrangements. We encourage interns to ideally register to confirm participation no less than 8 weeks in advance of their chosen start date.

How do I apply?

Applications may be submitted year-round via our Intern Abroad HQ webpage. Applications are considered as a formal expression of interest, so that we can learn more about what you’d like to do and outline the next steps, to help you put plans into motion. It doesn’t cost anything to apply and being accepted to proceed does not obligate you. However, it is the essential first step to making your internship happen!

Am I guaranteed an internship within my chosen field? If after submitting your application, you are invited to confirm your participation, then we can facilitate an internship placement for you within your chosen field. This will be arranged taking into consideration your existing skills, experience and educational background (as stated through your initial application). We are always happy to hear your preferences and do our utmost to accommodate them accordingly but they can not be guaranteed.

What happens after I confirm my participation by paying the registration fee? Once you have registered to confirm your internship participation, our team can begin to confirm arrangements for you! We’ll support you with every step so that the “list of things to do” is clean cut and straightforward. We’ll require you to provide us with your resume at first and complete an online interview, which assists us to learn more about your goals and experience. All interns must also submit a clear criminal background check.

For the travel logistics (flights and travel insurance) we can also provide you with affordable booking options. You’ll receive your Intern Abroad HQ Internship Manual, which provides valuable preparation details (i.e. arrival and departure instructions, your packing list, information about the local team who’ll be supporting you in-country, guidance on the local culture, and much more). Once your specific internship placement has been assigned, you’ll additionally receive this information so that you may thoroughly prepare prior to the start date.

When will my specific internship placement be confirmed?

Confirmation times vary, depending on a number of factors such as the destination and internship field you choose, along with how much advance notice you provide. Importantly, the sooner an intern provides their resume and pre-departure online interview, this also enables us to confirm the specific placement faster. If you’re planning more than several months in advance, note that your specific placement might not be confirmed until a little closer to the actual start date.

Will I be with other interns?

While some internship placements are based with large organizations or companies, which can have broader scope to receive multiple interns, in most cases, interns should not expect to be working alongside many other interns. However, within the internship destination itself, there are typically others who are participating across a range of different placements. Therefore, although you may not be based at the same placement with others, you can still expect to have social opportunities with other interns, volunteers or students, who are being simultaneously hosted by the same local team.

Can I get course credit? Every academic institution may have a unique policy for granting credit for an international internship. It is the responsibility of every intern to check with their own university to ascertain what the criteria is for obtaining credit and ensuring that any relevant requirements are taken care of. We are always happy to cooperate, where possible, with this process and many students do successfully utilize our internship programs to obtain academic credit. All student participants are always encouraged by Intern Abroad HQ to get in touch with the relevant office at their university prior to joining the program, to receive any resources, support or funding opportunities that the university may be able to provide.

Will I need a specific travel visa?

Whether or not you would need to obtain a visa prior to travel is influenced by your nationality (the country that has issued your passport), the country you are traveling to for your internship, and the number of weeks that you aim to intern abroad for. In most cases, interns are eligible to receive entry upon arrival, for tourism purposes, and this is typically sufficient for short-term internships that are voluntary in nature. However, in some cases interns may be required to obtain a visa in advance, through an embassy or consulate. We recommend that you contact our internships team so that we can provide you with more specific guidance, depending on your personal travel intentions.

Do I have to arrange my own accommodation? No - the internship program fee is in place to cover accommodation for the duration of your internship abroad. In some destinations, accommodation upgrades are available for those who’d like to pay extra for different options. The type of accommodation provided on Intern Abroad HQ programs varies from country to country. For more information about the type of accommodation provided, visit the specific destination page that you are interested in via our Intern Abroad Destinations webpage.

Are these paid internships?

No - Intern Abroad HQ does not offer paid internship positions. Our internship programs are focused on experiential learning, which are designed to introduce people to aspects of a work environment. Over the course of the internship, Intern Abroad HQ facilitates a guided reflection program, which leverages the experience and encourages participants to understand how the internship role contributes to their personal and professional development. In some cases, students may utilize the internship position in order to gain academic credit (which must be arranged directly by the student, through their academic institution).

Why do I have to pay to intern abroad?

Paying the internship Registration Fee confirms your place on the Intern Abroad HQ program of your choice. This is the fee that allows us to operate as an organization and facilitate your internship journey, providing support and customer service from start to finish.

The Program Fee is a separate payment, which is necessary to cover the expenses associated with your living expenses and support abroad. It is transferred to the local team that hosts interns during their internship abroad, as it pays for airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, food and 24/7 staff support. Additionally, the Program Fee covers the learning support and service associated with the Intern Abroad HQ Guided Reflection Course, which is completed during all of our international internship programs.

Note that unpaid internships are in place to support the learning experience of the participant - interns are not in a position to act as a regular employee would. For this reason, the experience is focused on enhancing your employability skills, cultural intelligence, international networks and building your resume.

What do I receive after completion of the internship?

When you join an Intern Abroad HQ internship program, you’ll compliment your career experience by completing our guided reflection course. In order to successfully complete this, you must submit a journal entry for every week of your program duration. We will email you the weekly reflection topic, along with its learning objectives and questions.

Upon completion, you’d receive this compiled work as documentation of your experience, as well as a certificate of internship completion. Before your departure from the internship, you’ll also be asked to complete a “Wrap-Up Report”, which helps form the basis of a reference. We also encourage interns to request a direct letter of reference from the supervisor prior to departure, should additional documentation be desired.

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